Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two Emmy winners examine the condition of the Amazon Rain Forest

As I promised yesterday, I'm skipping to the last paragraph in 'Body Team 12' and 'Extremis' both nominated for Outstanding Short Documentary plus other science, health, and environment nominees that mentions a winner for the subject of today's entry.
Two nominees cover the Amazon Rain Forest and its environmental issues.  "La Amazonía: Un Paraíso A La Venta" from Univision earned a nomination for Outstanding Feature Story in Spanish.  "Deforestation in the Amazon InfoGuide" from The Council on Foreign Relations has a nomination for Outstanding New Approaches: Current News, where it is competing with "Carbon's Casualties" from The New York Times.  That story details the first crop of climate refugees, including Americans living in Alaska and Louisiana who have to move away from rising sea levels.  I might blog about that even if it doesn't win.
Looking at the list in the image above, it looks like I missed listing a feature story on Monarch Butterflies in my examination of sustainability themed nominees.  The listing of nominees by Tom Llamas as he presented Outstanding Feature Story in Spanish shows I missed another about living in the shadow of oil.

She's absolutely right; without a healthy Amazon, we can't have a healthy planet.  Also, I was lucky that I had already listed the winner while I missed two other nominees that I should have mentioned.

Here is the briefer of two versions of the award-winning report (En Espanol: sorry, no English subtitles).

El río Amazonas, la gran reserva natural del planeta, está en riesgo. Más de 20 mil animales silvestres traficados sólo en Colombia en 2016 y alrededor de 120 mil hectáreas deforestadas  han puesto la alerta. Un recorrido por la zona deja al descubierto lo que los promotores turísticos no quieren que nadie vea.
Translation: The Amazon River, the great nature reserve of the planet, is at risk. More than 20 thousand wild animals were trafficked in Colombia alone in 2016 and approximately 120 thousand hectares deforested have raised an alarm. A tour of the area left uncovered what tourism promoters do not want anybody to see.

Follow over the jump for the other winner.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rainbow shots from Tipsy Bartender for National Liqueur Day

Happy National Liqueur Day!  I could have also wished my readers a Happy National Dictionary Day or a Happy National Department Store Day when I wanted to take a break from recapping the News and Documentary Emmy winners, but I decided to do something easy and familiar.  If my readers wish to celebrate those other days instead, they can go right ahead.

To observe today, I'm sharing two of the most popular videos from Tipsy Bartender on YouTube that involve liqueur, in this case, blue curacao.  First, the 31 Shot Glass Rainbow Shot Challenge, which was used in the opening of the rest of Skyy's videos for 2015.

Can it be done?! Rainbow shots using 31 shot glasses!
Now the video that Skyy refers his viewers to, How to make Rainbow Shots!.

The prettiest shots ever...RAINBOW SHOTS! These are the best looking rainbow shots ever!
Sweet & Sour
Orange Juice
Blue Curacao
Skyy's are pretty.  Emma's, not so much.  Brown isn't a color of the rainbow, but that's what she got instead of yellow.  I'm sure it tastes just fine.

Back to the News and Documentary Emmy winners tomorrow with two statues going to stories about the Amazon.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Two Emmy winners examine youth and high school football

The next paragraph from 'Body Team 12' and 'Extremis' both nominated for Outstanding Short Documentary plus other science, health, and environment nominees listing winners after the one that mentioned "Collisions" named the nominees that examined the intersection between sports and health.
Medical issues in sports were the subject of three nominees.  "Russia's Dark Secret" from 60 Minutes on CBS explores doping in Russia's sports teams, particularly in Olympic events.  It's nominated for Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newsmagazine along with the other nominee exploring the health aspects of sports, "Cost of the Game: The Dangers of Youth Football" from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.  The latter segment might just get the U.S. to yes on the question of "Are you ready for no football?"  So might "Friday Night Lights" from Vice News Tonight, which is nominated for Outstanding Feature Story in a Newscast.
Of those three, the only winner was "Cost of the Game: The Dangers of Youth Football" from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, an appropriate awardee to examine on a football Sunday.  Watch Byron Pitts present the award for Outstanding Investigative Report in a News Magazine.

For the rest of the clip seen above, watch The Dangers of Youth Football: Real Sports Trailer (HBO).

Bernard Goldberg investigates the alarming number of high school football deaths-and sits down with Terry O’Neil, a former executive producer of NFL football, to discuss the lack of protection for younger players and researchers at Boston University to hear about their new findings.
As a former high school football player, those statistics are scary and make me glad I seem to have escaped brain damage.  They also make me glad my son played soccer instead of football.

There was a third nominee about football that I missed in last week's listing of nominees.  It won an award, so follow over the jump for two videos about it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Collisions' wins Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary plus the U.K.'s former nuclear test site in Australia

I began the section over the jump in 'Body Team 12' and 'Extremis' both nominated for Outstanding Short Documentary plus other science, health, and environment nominees by naming and describing two nominees for Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary.
I found three nominees that were more science than either health or the environment.  Two of them were nominated for Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary, "A Bear's-Eye View of Yellowstone" and "Collisions."  The former looks like a fun follow-up to 'Wild Yellowstone: The Frozen Frontier' -- last year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form.  The second is much more serious and on-topic for this blog, the story of a native tribal elder's recounting of his being witness to an atomic bomb test in the Australian Outback.  Not only does it talk about the event, but also the elder's philosophy on caring for the environment.  For both of these nominees, it is not the content that is being recognized, but the technology used to tell it.
Reading between the lines, one might be able to tell that I was more impressed with "Collisions."  So were the Emmy voters.  Here is Scott Kelly, star of "A Year in Space," announcing the winner of Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary.

Like Lynette Wallworth, I find the timing of this production's release particularly apt.  Here is the trailer that describes both the story and the technology being honored.

A work of stunning visuals and powerful narrative, Collisions tells the story of Aboriginal elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan who lived as 1000 generations before him in the remote Pilbara desert of Western Australia-- until his life was dramatically impacted by a collision with the extreme edge of Western science and technology.  [Lynette] Wallworth is an acclaimed Australian artist and documentary filmmaker known for producing immersive artworks that provoke a profound emotional response. She is ideally positioned to explore the storytelling potential of VR, and sees the new form as the perfect vehicle for Nyarri to communicate his story.
Congratulations to Wallworth and all the people she named in her acceptance speech.

That's not all.  Follow over the jump for a video of one of the tests and another about the site today.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nautical superstitions for U.S. Navy Birthday on Friday the 13th

Beware!  It's Friday the 13th!  To observe the occasion, I'm noting that this unlucky day is also the U.S. Navy's birthday, so I'm featuring naval and maritime superstitions.  I begin with Nautical Superstitions Maritime Myths.

A Sea Worthy list of Maritime Superstitions.
Yes, number five is Friday the 13th and it does reference the U.S. Navy.

This ad from Look Insurance -- 7 Superstitions On The 7 Seas -- features a different set of superstitions.

Ahoy sailors! Check out our latest animation video which shows the 7 most common sailing superstitions amongst seafarers!
That's a really well-animated video of the list, but it doesn't explain why any of them exist.  For that, watch Tour Guide Talk: Naval Superstitions from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Join Intrepid Museum Tour Guide Matt Harris as he shares some of the history behind certain naval myths and superstitions. Why are bananas bad luck on ships? Why are cats good luck? Watch to learn more!
Yes, those explanations for why bananas are bad luck and cats are good luck make sense.  Not all superstitions are arbitrary or silly, so I'll remember no bananas on board!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Body Team 12' wins Outstanding Short Documentary and Outstanding Editing: Documentary

I concluded 'The End of AIDS?' wins Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report with "Next up, Ebola and 'Body Team 12.'"  From one pandemic to the next.

Katty Kay presented both awards.  First, she announced the winner for Outstanding Editing: Documentary.

I found the story about how the film had plenty of time to be edited because its director/producer was in Ebola quarantine darkly funny, just like the audience.

Next, Kay presented the statue for Outstanding Short Documentary.

I guess there was only one clip of each nominee to show.

I'm pleasantly surprised that "Body Team 12" won.  I thought "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" would be the more likely victor with "Extremis" the next most likely winner.  That written, I think it fully deserved both honors.

Before I finish, I'm sharing this interview from the Today Show, Olivia Wilde Talks Ebola-Focused Film ‘Body Team 12’, that includes more clips from the documentary.

Olivia Wilde, David Darg, and Bryn Mooser join TODAY to talk about producing “Body Team 12,” a new documentary about the impact of the Ebola virus in Liberia.
Congratulations to all involved in documenting the work to stop Ebola.  "Body Team 12" can now join Emmy winner 'Outbreak' from Frontline on PBS as worthy examinations of the disease I call "The Red Death."

I'll continue my series on the News and Documentary Emmy winners after I celebrate Friday the 13th.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

'The End of AIDS?' wins Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report

I plan on returning with the winner of Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report tomorrow and "Body Team 12" and other science, health, and environment winners the rest of the week.  Stay tuned.
That was the program note I used to conclude Three winners about space from the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  It's time to reward my readers for their patience.

I was rooting for "Vanishing: The Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction" from CNN Digital to win.  It didn't, but I wasn't disappointed as all the nominees were worthy, including "The End of AIDS?" from PBS NewsHour.  Watch Byron Pitts present the award for Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report.

This is good news, even if it only means keeping the pandemic under control and saving lives.  That's not all.  PBS NewsHour has a playlist with all six segments, but YouTube user Jason Kane has compiled all of them plus the promo I was looking for but couldn't find into PBS NewsHour -- End of AIDS -- Full Series.

Congratulations to PBS NewsHour and to the researchers and public health professionals the show profiled.

Next up, Ebola and "Body Team 12."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Three winners about space from the News and Documentary Emmy Awards

I will return to the winners of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards next week after I wish my readers a Happy Wester tomorrow.  Stay tuned.
That was my promise at the end of 'Nature: Super Hummingbirds' wins Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary.  I had to delay fulfilling it because I forgot yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving, Leif Erikson Day, and Native American Day.  So, here I am, a day late.  It's not as if this hasn't happened before.

To make up for it, I'm featuring three Emmy winners about space, beginning with the documentary that headlined Space, Ebola, volcanoes, stroke, and human expansion the topics of Science and Technology Documentary nominees, "A Year in Space."  From the National Television Academy, here is Clarissa Ward presenting the Emmy for Outstanding Science & Technology Documentary.

I am glad they brought Scott Kelly up there.  Most of the acceptance speeches have the crew up there, not the stars.  Kelly is the star of this show and he deserved the recognition.  Also, I'm glad this show won; it's the nominee that was most about science and technology.  I was afraid the star power of Werner Herzog and David Lynch would drive their projects to victory instead.

Follow over the jump for the other two winners.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 2017! Also Leif Erikson Day and Native American Day

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!  I'm celebrating today by featuring two reasons that Canadians should be thankful.  One of them was the subject of last year's entry for the holiday, Justin Trudeau.  Here he is before the United Nations last month in Trudeau UN speech shines global spotlight on Canada's Indigenous issues from CBC's The National.

PM Justin Trudeau conceded that Canada is flawed and drew attention to the current plight of Canada's Indigenous people in his second-ever speech before the UN General Assembly today.
While it is not the most positive portrayal of Canada, Trudeau is at least willing to own up to his country's faults, as few as they are, and is interested in rectifying them, not only for the First Nations people directly affected, but to enhance Canada's standing in the world.  Canada should be thankful for that, as the U.S. currently doesn't have a leader like that.

Trudeau is not the only leader Canada should be thankful for.  While he is the head of government, he isn't the head of state.  Former astronaut Julie Payette is the Governor General of Canada.

From astronaut to Governor General: Julie Payette journeyed to space twice, but her next mission at Rideau Hall is expected to come with its own kind of challenges.
Canadians should be thankful to have someone as accomplished as their head of state.  I wish we had a former astronaut as President!

Trudeau's remarks about the plight of the First Nations in Canada, reminds me that it's also Indigenous People's Day or Native American Day here in the U.S.  It's also a day to celebrate the real first European to land in North America, Leif Erikson.  Follow over the jump for more on both from National Day Calendar.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Silly Squirrels for Happy Wester 2017!

Happy Wester!*  For my readers who don't yet know the story of Wester, I'm quoting For Winter Solstice 2016, the Archdruid and I discuss Discordianism and fake holidays.
[Me:] Oh, I'm familiar with Discordianism.  I'm single-handedly keeping alive a fake holiday called Wester, which is the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox.  When I first posted about it, my Discordian friend claimed it for Discordianism.  As far as I'm concerned, it's still a Discordian holiday.
[Greer:] Pinku-Sensei, yes, I thought I remembered you were a closet Discordian. Wester is funny; presumably that was the day that some messiah or other descended from the living?
[Me:] I agree, Wester is funny.  As for an anointed one descending from the living, sorry, that wasn't part of the Wester story that I heard.  However, the holiday has its own animal mascot, the Wester Squirrel, which goes around and gathers goodies to hide instead of hiding goodies to pass out like the Easter Bunny.
The coversation led to Greer suggesting Norther and Souther with lemming and wombat mascots respectively, suggestions I followed through on -- but that's not the subject of today's post.**  Instead, since I've been featuring the best in last year's nature films and TV shows, I'm continuing on with funny clips of squirrels from nature shows.  I begin with Squirrel Uses 'Walking Dead' Move to Hide from Snakes from Nature on PBS.

Has this squirrel species been watching "The Walking Dead"?
In the popular TV series "The Walking Dead" humans can hide from zombies by covering themselves in zombie guts, masking their scent. The California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) uses a similar tactic to hide from a major predator, the rattlesnake, which relies on smell to track down its prey.
Last year, I celebrated Wester with an image of a zombie squirrel.  This year, it's only fitting I post a video of a squirrel using an anti-zombie snake defense.

Since the Wester squirrel takes treats away and hides them, it's also only fitting that I share Squirrel steals a fake nut - Spy in the Wild: Episode 2 Preview - BBC One.

A squirrel uses his intelligence to outwit a nut thief by pretending he's burying a nut.
Serves that squirrel right.  That reminds me, it's time for a Wester blessing.  May the Wester Squirrel not steal anything from you and hide it!

*In the first Happy Wester post here, I passed along the observation that Wester usually falls during the Jewish festival of Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles.  This is true this year and my wife and I have been invited to a sukkuh decorating party.  I've never been to one, despite growing up in a Jewish neighborhood.  I've been told it will be fun.

**The next Norther will be January 7, as the full moon falls on New Year's Day, so there will be a Blue Moon on January 31.  Speaking of blue lunar holidays, the first full moon after the 2018 winter solstice will fall on Saturday December 22nd, so there will be a second Norther on December 23.  Blue Norther on Festivus!